Just outside the village of Lake Placid, quiet Connery Pond will offer you a wilderness experience without a huge hike, and some nice brown trout to boot. This 81-acre pond located in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is listed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as one of Essex County’s top brown trout waters.
This year, the state stocked over 1,000 8- to 9-inch browns in Connery’s waters. You’ll also find splake, yellow perch, sunfish and pumpkinseed. Access is by a trail on the north shore along Connery Pond Road, with a carry-down launch; motors are not allowed.